To Horace Mann
him, Lord Lincoln liked his house, and procured him this government on condition of hiring it.
I have mentioned Lord Perceval's speeches ; he has a set who have a rostrum at his house, and harangue there. A gentleman who came thither one evening was refused, but insisting that he was engaged to come, 'Oh, Sir,' said the porter, ' what, are you one of those who play at members of Parliament ?'
I must tell you something, though Mr. Chute will see my letter. Sir Eobert brought home yesterday to dinner a fat comely gentleman, who came up to me, and said, he believed I knew his brother abroad. I asked his name; he replied, 'He is with Mr. Whittled.' I thought he said, 'It is Whithed.' After I had talked to him of Mr. Whithed, I said, ' There is a very sensible man with Mr. Whithed, one Mr. Chute.' 'Sir,' said he, 'my name is Chute.' 'My dear Mr. Chute, now I know both your brothers. You will forgive my mistake.'
With what little conscience I begin a third sheet! but it shall be but half a one. I have received your vast packet of music by the messenger, for which I thank you a thousand times; and the political sonnet, which is far from bad. Who translated it ? I like the translation.
I am obliged to you about the Grladiator, &c.: the temptation of having them at all is great, but too enormous. If I could have the Gladiator for about a hundred pounds, I would give it.
I enclose one of the bills of lading of the things that I send you by your secretary: he sets out to-morrow. By Oswald's21 folly, to whom I entrusted the putting them on board, they are consigned to Goldsworthy22, but pray take
21 George Oswald, steward to Sir E. W. Walpole.
22 Mr. Golds-worthy, Consul at Leghorn, had married Sir Charles
Wager's niece, and was endeavouring to supplant Mr. Mann at Florence. Walpole.